Editorials

Cheers and jeers

JEERS — To crooks and criminals. Fulton County saw a 34 percent increase in arrests in 2016. Sheriff Richard Giardino said he doesn’t believe there is greater crime in the area. Rather, he cited efficiency and being more visible in the community as reasons for the rise. The hard work of ...

No wholesale obstructionism

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald ...

Attack on Barron in very bad taste

What part of “the president’s young children are off-limits” do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to ...

King thinking outside the box

Mayor Dayton King has set a deadline for the city to finish negotiations for a new fire department contract by the end of February. If no agreement is reached, he and the Common Council will begin the process of putting a referendum before voters to change the makeup of the department to a ...

Ban on travel poorly executed

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Negotiate a better deal

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took last Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s ...

Securing our nation’s border

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators before they confirmed him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security that his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his boss, President Donald ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To strong community support. Something amazing was waiting for Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District’s band when it returned from Washington, D.C. after performances celebrating President Donald Trump’s inauguration. When the group arrived back home at 11:15 ...

Old mine could become battery

Whether it’s now or 100 years ago, engineering marvels are always pretty cool. The one we’re thinking of is, on one hand, new and fascinating; on the other, one wonders why it took so long. This innovation is taking place in an old iron ore mine in the eastern Adirondacks, in the ...

Ethics board needed now

Scott Miller, who was elected Johnstown Councilman-at-large in November, has decided to give up his seat on the council after the Fulton County Board of Ethics ruled he had a conflict of interest due to his employment at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility. The ethics ...

Power transition ‘regular miracle’

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

Is Betsy DeVos being profiled?

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, has a strange way of demonstrating the animosity toward gay people she is being accused by some of harboring. Back to that in a moment. Liberal critics of Trump have been shouting themselves hoarse, ...

Infrastructure investment?

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they ...

EPA mandate unreasonable?

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To making history. The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville band performed in Washington D.C. prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The group was approved to perform at three venues, Fort McHenry, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Cathedral. The band was the final ...

Trump good for economy

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. It will be ...

Get over it

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

King III honors father

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Ebola virus a global threat

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada in December. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Putin, company not good guys

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...